Baseball player Ed Kometchy, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman, holding his gloved hand in front of him, standing on the first baseline prior to game vs Chicago Cubs 1908 Photo SUMMARY
Informal full-length portrait of baseball player Kometchy of the National League's St. Louis baseball team, holding his gloved hand in front of him, standing on the first baseline on the field at West Side Grounds, located between West Polk Street, South Wolcott Avenue (formerly Lincoln Street), West Taylor Street, and South Wood Street in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois.NOTES
This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper. SDN-054504, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
Ed Konetchy was a standout fielding first baseman. He complied a splendid .990 career fielding percentage in 2,085 games, spanning 15 seasons, and led the National League in fielding eight seasons.
A favorite with the Cardinals fans, the 6 ft 2.5 inches, 195-pound Ed Konetchy played his first seven seasons in St. Louis, and he led the National League with 38 doubles in 1911. A very fast runner, he lined 344 career doubles and 181triples and stole 255 bases. He batted over .290 six times and while playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1919 he lined 10 straight hits, only the third NL player to do so. In 1920 he set a record by playing first base for the entire 26-innings of a game between Brooklyn and the old Boston Braves. He also holds the honor of breaking up four late-inning no-hitters. After retiring from playing, Ed Konetchy managed in the minors at La Crosse Wisconsin and Fort Worth Texas.